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The second Celsius meeting took place in Brussels on the 6th and 7th of June 2008. It dealt with the question: “Europe in the need for more power?”.

Find below the main papers that were produced for this meeting:

The programme was as follows:

Friday 6 June (Venue: Stibbe Cabinet)

10:00 Introduction and welcoming address by Cyril Roger-Lacan, President of Celsius

10:30 – 13:00 « Europe and power: from historical rejection to new demands »

− “A farewell to European powers”
Père Henri Madelin, s.j, Jesuite Office for European dialogue, Brussels

− “New global threats and the need for power in the European future”
Amiral François Dupont, Ministère de la Défense, Paris

− “New relationship between power and external policy in the European Union”
Prof. Christian Lequesne, London School of Economics

14:30 – 17:30 « Soft power and influence: how does it work? Where does it stop? The example of legislation »

− The rule of law and the influence of European legislation abroad: an assessment by practitioners
Fiona Woolf , Lawyer, Former President of the British Law society, London
Prof. Marc Van der Woude, Lawyer and Professor, Rotterdam University

− The European competition policy and market legislation: strengthening or weakening Europe?
Karel Van Miert, ex-European Commissioner for Competition and Vice President of the European Commission
Dr. Benedikt Wolfers, lawyer, Berlin

− Environment: the virtues and limits of European exemplarity
Philippe Maystadt, Chairman and CEO: European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

(see also his paper prepared for this seminar: Climate change policies and EU competitiveness)

John Gummer MP, CEO of Sancroft, ex-Minister of Environment, London

Cyril Roger-Lacan, President of Celsius, Paris

Christophe Schramm, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Paris

18:00 – 18:30 Orientation Debate on Celsius

Saturday 7 June (Venue: University Foundation)

9:00 – 12:30 « New approaches to European power and security »

− The European Defence and Security Policy, from ambitions to reality: a critical review of achievements and perspectives
General Bernard Thorette, Former Chef d’Etat Major de l’Armée de Terre, Paris

− Does Europe need a new approach to its security, and does the Lisbon treaty provide some tools for a breakthrough?
Angus Lapsley, Deputy Representative to the EU, British Foreign Office, Brussels

− A new approach to European security
Dr. Detlef Puhl, Deputy Director of DAS, French Ministry of Defense
Ambassador Pavel Fischer, Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

− Europe and space: are we putting the right focus on new factors of power?
Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director of European Space Agency